Doctor Who Creator Reveals His One Regret About the Revival’s First Episode

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When Doctor Who staged its big comeback in 2005, few people were more excited than Russell T. Davies, the series’ head writer and executive producer and a longtime Whovian who had spent years rallying the BBC to let him bring the landmark sci-fi series back. Though The Doctor’s second coming has been a hit since it first debuted, Davies recently revealed the one regret he has about "Rose," the revival’s first episode: that he didn’t call Rose a “tart.”

The scene in question occurs at about the 12:10 mark in the video below. It’s from "Rose," the episode that first introduces us to the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and his soon-to-be-faithful companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), who are being terrorized by a plastic arm (for reasons that require you to watch the whole thing to understand).

Though it has been more than a dozen years since the episode first premiered, Davies recently had the chance to revisit it when he wrote a novelization of the “Rose” script for BBC Books.

"It was actually hard work, I've got to be honest," Davies told Digital Spy of revisiting the series in prose form. “I kind of thought, 'This'll be a laugh!' and then as I sat down with an empty page and realized it had to be 40,000 words, the horror set in. After 1000 words, I was sitting there going, '39,000 more?!'—I was glad I was allowed enough time. It was great fun, though ... and it's kind of a kick up the arse for it as well."

It was during that process that a simple line occurred to Davies that he wished he had thought of back in 2005.

"[Rose's mom] Jackie Tyler finds Rose on the floor, on top of a broken coffee table with the Ninth Doctor, rolling around with a plastic arm ... and Jackie says, 'Rose Tyler— you tart!,’” he explained of the reimagined version.

"Why didn't I think of that in 2003? Why? I love that line. I literally sat there banging my head going, 'That's the end of that scene!,' because if you watch that scene [on television], it just kind of ends ... so you go, 'That's it, she comes out the bedroom and finds them, rolling on the floor!' Brilliant! So little moments like that were a joy.”

Davies isn’t the only Doctor Who writer who has been tapped to novelize a script for BBC Books's "Target Collection"; the latest installments include Paul Cornell's rendition of “Twice Upon a Time,” the 2017 Christmas special that gave viewers their first glimpse of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, while Steven Moffat is tackling “The Day of the Doctor,” which saw the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors (David Tennant and Matt Smith) team up for a 50th anniversary special.

“I was very envious of Steven," Davies admitted of Moffat’s assignment. "I was very happy with what I'd done, and then I read Steven's and I thought, 'Oh, mine's just set on a council estate and a shop.' At most, the Southbank! He's on Gallifrey and back in history with Elizabeth I and there's the Time War … I would've loved to have written that.”

[h/t: Digital Spy]

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HBO Max: Everything You Need to Know About the New Streaming Service

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What will you binge-watch first?
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This week, WarnerMedia launched HBO Max, the long-awaited streaming platform that the company hopes can compete with the likes of Netflix and Disney+. But with HBO GO and HBO NOW already in existence, the addition of a third platform for HBO content has caused no small amount of confusion among both prospective customers and current HBO subscribers. Here are answers to all your burning questions about the buzzworthy new service.

What is HBO Max?

HBO Max is a direct-to-consumer streaming platform that you can download as an app or access through your cable or internet provider. Just like Apple has Apple TV+ and Amazon has Prime Video, WarnerMedia now has HBO Max.

How is HBO Max different from HBO NOW and HBO GO?

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Before HBO Max, WarnerMedia had two different apps with the same library of HBO series and certain Warner Bros. films. HBO GO is for viewers who already pay for HBO through their cable TV provider, which is why you have to log in through your TV provider. HBO NOW is for independent subscribers who pay $15 a month for access to the same content. In other words, HBO GO is for customers with cable, and HBO NOW is for those without it.

Like HBO NOW, HBO Max is an independent subscription service that you don’t need a TV provider in order to access. The main difference comes down to content: While HBO NOW and HBO GO only include HBO series and some films, HBO Max offers tons of additional shows and films licensed from other distributors—plus new, exclusive originals (more on that in a minute).

How much does HBO Max cost, and how do I get it?

You can sign up for HBO Max here. Your first seven days will be free, and it will cost you $15 per month after that.

Do I already have access to HBO Max?

If you’re already an HBO NOW subscriber, your app should have automatically updated to the HBO Max app (if you don’t have automatic updates enabled, make sure to update it manually), and you can log into HBO Max using your existing HBO NOW credentials. Your recurring monthly payment of $15 will also now automatically start applying to HBO Max instead of HBO NOW.

If you watch HBO through your TV or mobile provider, there’s a good chance you can access HBO Max at no additional cost, too. Apple TV channels, AT&T TV, DIRECTV, Hulu, Spectrum, Verizon FIOS, Xfinity, and many other providers are included—you can see the full list here.

Which platforms will HBO Max be on?

You can stream HBO Max on your desktop on HBOMax.com, or you can download the app through the Apple app store, Google Play, or Samsung TV. You can also access HBO Max content on your TV through any of the providers listed here.

What's playing on HBO Max?

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HBO Max boasts 10,000 hours of content that includes all HBO shows, many Warner Bros. films from the past century, new Max Original series, and other programs from CNN, Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS, TCM, Adult Swim, and more.

To name a few highlights, the service currently offers all eight Harry Potter films, all 10 seasons of Friends, an exclusive selection of Studio Ghibli classics like Howl’s Moving Castle (2005) and Spirited Away (2002), and 2019’s Joker. The first few episodes of some highly-anticipated Max Originals are also available, including Anna Kendrick’s rom-com series Love Life, the voguing house reality competition Legendary, and Sesame Workshop's The Not-Too-Late Show With Elmo (featuring guests Kacey Musgraves, John Mulaney, the Jonas Brothers, Lil Nas X, and more—so far).

Will I get to see the Friends Reunion?

Yes, the Friends reunion will definitely debut on HBO Max, but no air date has been confirmed yet. Production was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and they’re tentatively hoping to film it sometime this summer. (But hey, at least you have access to all the other Friends episodes to help you pass the time.)